Tales from the Sea Garden

Tales from The Sea Garden

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

 I took a drive down to St. Ives today to visit my framer, Dean. There was reasonably good surf, and the sea looked just beautiful.

 St. Ives is full of tiny stone cottages and narrow alleyways....

 and around every corner is the sea.

 I stood and watched mesmerised as each wave surged around the rocks, leaving a backwash of foamy swirls.
Clusters of tiny baby mussels!
 Mussels are just one variety of shell that make their way into my collages.

 A couple of new winter wreaths - they don't have to be just for Christmas do they!

Friday, 5 January 2018

Happy New Year

 After going down with a cold last weekend it was so lovely to gather today at my parents' house with my brother and his family before they return to Somerset, and just enjoy being together. 
 A day of playing games and laughing, and a last opportunity to light the candles on the Christmas Tree and sing some carols before the decorations come down.
It's a beautiful moonlit night; on the drive home wisps of vapour hang above the road. I stand in my garden staring up at the myriad of stars in the black velvety darkness and the sound of waves is carried across the fields so clearly, it's as if I am standing on the shore itself. 
Peace, Love, Joy.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Friday crafting

Every Friday over the winter months we are having crafting sessions at The Sea Garden,
anyone is welcome to drop by; just bring along something you are making and have an hour or two in company with like-minded crafters. We also have a nice lunch out at the DaBara Bakery up the road; what's not to like!
 Last Friday Wendy, Patsy, Angelica and I were treated to some coffee and delicious homemade mince pies brought by Bernice, and I showed everyone how to make paper and lace angels. 
 On Friday 15th December we will have mulled wine and some more festive treats, so don't be shy, come and join us!

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Christmas makes

 Preparations for this year's Christmas Fairs caught me a bit on the hop, and making was rather frantic in the run-up to the Cowslip Fair last weekend. With another Fair in Mylor this coming Saturday I thought I would share with you some of my latest makes.

 Wreaths with everlasting flowers and pine cones, designed for indoor use, that will last for many Christmases to come.

 Stockings made from an old bedspread with appliqued patchwork and a hand-stitched 'Happy Christmas'.
These are the first things that I have made using the new sewing machine I bought in January; it has taken me this long to get around to trying out all the fancy stitches it can do!

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Autumn Gardens

 The garden at Charleston Farmhouse, once home to Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, and frequented by many others of the Bloomsbury Group.
 Autumn blooms in the vegetable garden.

 Pots and vases sit on the studio windowsill.

 From East Sussex to Cornwall.......
 This magnificently gnarled oak is down in The Lost Valley at Heligan Gardens.

 The sinister looking 'Devil's Finger' fungus.

 In the kitchen garden at Heligan the espaliered apples have been cut back to almost nothing.

 Inside the greenhouses a lovely display of gourds and squashes.